Wow. It's December 15. Perhaps more astounding than the fact I leave in 5 days is that I've been here for 106 days. That's a lot. Doesn't seem like it though... It's been a remarkable semester for me. I've learned a lot, although only a part of it has been academic. I think for the first time in my life I reached the limit of what I can handle at once - six classes at Carnegie Mellon is definitely not the same experience as six classes at Olin. My plan of "take all the classes at the start of the semester, enjoy relaxing second half of the semester" definitely did not work out since that much course work was more than I bargained for, but then I got involved in so many extracurricular activities that the second half wasn't exactly the vacation I thought it would be.
Well That Didn't Take Long
Brett Rowley '14
December 15, 2011
Still, I don't think I'd have it any other way. It's made me realize that getting involved in more things doesn't equate to getting more done and that sometimes you have to be able to say "no" to something, no matter how much it interests you. I've decided to go down the Engineering with Design route instead of Mechanical Engineering, so my list of extracurricular activities for next semester is actually longer than my course schedule. I've run out of prior experience to work from and am having to move forwards into the unknown, learning as I go along. Perhaps most note-worthy is that I am exactly half-way through my undergraduate studies.
So it's been an eventful semester - literally! I've been to Petit Le Mans, got into Boston a bunch of times, participated in the President's Council, multiple I2E2 events, I saw my girlfriend graduate from college last weekend, and I'm going to New York next weekend for the OCO Concert. Next semester will have a high bar to beat, but knowing Olin, I think it's going to more than deliver.
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